Bankstown Montessori Pre-school’s Spring Newsletter

Since the last update our school has been kept busy with events and ongoing programs.

We started the term off with a wonderful fundraiser for ” Jeans for Genes ” day. The children were encouraged to wear jeans, bring in a soft toy and a gold coin, successfully raising $100. The children were very proud to receive a certificate for their participation!

A science fair for National Science Week was held on the second week of August with the theme ‘Volcanos’. There was a lot of learning done by all the children prior to and on the day of the fair. The children had been working hard practicing and preparing their experiments to present to their family and friends on the day. With the aid of our helpful teachers Karen and Denise, our school was able to receive a science grant for the second year in a row from the School Grants Committee. Along with the experiments there was a rock and mineral display and a parent picture science challenge that many of the guest participated in.

2018 Science Fair

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We were very fortunate to be published in the Canterbury-Bankstown Torch newspaper and Facebook page. Take a look:

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Maria Montessori – 31 August 1870

After the success of having YoungAustralia Workshop at our school in term 1 and 2 , the teachers decided it would be a great idea to have YoungAus come each term to perform for the children. The shows were very professional and interacting with opportunities to expand knowledge and increase the children’s connection with theatre. This term we chose a puppet show called –

A little bit of Blue
“An interactive environmental detective story told through puppetry. As well as helping to unravel a mystery, students will learn about the extraordinary habits of Bowerbirds and why they are so fascinated by the colour blue. The story begins with strange disappearances from Mrs Mavis Hooley’s home. Only little things are going missing – some clothes pegs, a tea cup, a ball of wool. But then the thief takes it just one step too far. Mavis calls in a detective to investigate and the children help him to solve the case. ”

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The extended-day children also visited a theatere to see ‘Red Racing Hood’. This featured both live performers and puppets and proved to be a big hit with the children who thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Our school joined in on Book Week organised by CBCA. Each year, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating book week.
For Book Week the children went to Bankstown library to read books and listen to two very talented librarians read and play out a story from a book as well as play some book games. Every afternoon of book week , parents came in to read a story of their own choosing to the children, while a book stall was available outside the classrooms for anyone wanted to purchase new books.

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Parents from the school came together at the last minute to organise an information stall to be held at the Children’s Festival at Paul Keating Park in Bankstown.  The teachers from the school kindly took the time out of their weekend and came on the day to help hand out flyers and speak one-on-one with interested parents who wanted to know more about what goes on in the classroom. We would like to thank the parents and teachers who gave up their Sunday to help out. 

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We have exciting things happening at our school and we have been very busy! Look back here to find out what else has been happening.

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Ending of term 2

What a great Term we’ve had at Bankstown Montessori Preschool.

At the beginning of the term our children had a chance to meet with last year’s graduate kids who moved on to ‘big school’. The older kids had a chance to stand up in front of all the children who would be moving on to “big school” next year and tell them all the exciting things they have been doing at their new schools. The afternoon ended with a light tea and catching up with their old peer’s.

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On the 16th of May, the children watched a play delivered by Catrina Hylton from YoungAustralia Workshop. The children enjoyed singing and dancing together.
Below is a brief description of the play –

Catrina and the Buzzy Bee’s Flower Adventure
“Catrina the beekeeper is helping her friend Buzzy Bee plan her next adventure. Together they will visit the wonderful flowers of the world, from the Japanese cherry blossom to the English Rose to the beautiful Australian Wattle. Through songs and stories Catrina and Buzzy Bee will learn about the flowers, their scents, healing properties and symbolic meanings. So let’s smell the roses, smile with the sunflowers and tiptoe through the tulips!”

Catrina and the Buzzy Bee’s Flower Adventure
Catrina and the Buzzy Bee’s Flower Adventure
Catrina and the Buzzy Bee’s Flower Adventure

 

On the 23rd of May, at 11am our school joined in on National Simultaneous Storytime to read Hickory Dickory Dash.

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Hickory Dickory Dash

The teachers also organised a soccer program for the kids with Red Devils Academy for term 2. This is to encourage physical and emotional health while learning to work as a team, enjoy sports, enjoy the fresh air and most importantly have fun with their peers. On the last day of the soccer program, the parents were invited to come and observe the children play.  Thank you Red Devils Academy!

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We ended the term with a bake sale at Bunnings to raise funds for the school. We were overwhelmed with cakes and treats, there wasn’t enough room on the table for them all! We thank all the parents and teachers who came together to help out on this wonderful day. Giving their time to bake or being at the stall or even buying the baked goods for themselves to support our non-for-profit preschool.

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Thank you again! We hope you have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you all in the new term.

 

 

 

Welcome back!

We want to give a warm welcome back to parents and students of Bankstown Montessori Preschool for term 2. We hope that everyone had a great break and is ready for a new term full of exciting things. 

– Bankstown Montessori Preschool

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn” – Maria Montessori

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Commonwealth Games

We ended the school term with our very own Commonwealth Games for the children. It turned out to be a great success and the children were delighted to work in teams with their friends, race and play with all the fun activities the teachers had set up for them. They all went home with fun stories from the day and gold medals they had made themselves in the class room.
What a great day fill with physical activities, team work and self accomplishment!

We hope everyone had a great first term and is looking forward to coming back to school very soon.

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A Feast Of Stories

 

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Bronwyn Vaughan – Feast of Stories

 

Last week on Thursday the 8th of March the school welcomed Bronwyn Vaughan to present a play called “ A Feast of Stories” for the children. This was brought to us by YoungAustraliaWorkshop. The play was a great success and the children were delighted to watch such wonderful story telling. We look forward to having more workshops from YoungAus for the children in the following terms to come.

A Feast of Stories
Take three delicious stories from Mexico, Morocco and Spain. Mix with moorish music and flamenco dance. Pepper with gorgeous puppets, costumes and props. throw in a pinch of magic and a dash of fun. The stir it all up for a spicy story telling feast. This delightful performance, about the making and sharing of food, celebrates the essential role played by food across all the cultures.